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Schneider Weisse Tap 4 Weisen Edel-Weisse | Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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Schneider Weisse Tap 4 Weisen Edel-WeisseSchneider Weisse Tap 4 Weisen Edel-Weisse

Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2001

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Reviews: 546 | Ratings: 922
Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy orange with a decent-sized white head.
The smell was complex - floral, and rich citrus, especially orange with yeast and a touch of alcohol in the background.
The taste was very complex and powerful. Orange, clove, wheat, yeast, and various light spices all mixed together. The hops were not really noticeable, due to the complex flavors.
The floral sweetness stayed in the mouth.
Drinkable - and good all year round. Refreshing for warm weather and warming for the winter. But, perhaps too rich and complex for a "session" beer.
Overall, one of the best of this style that I've had.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours out a hazy, light orange color, pale, clear yellow at the bottom, yielding a full, bubbly snow-white head.
Aroma: Huge citrus, lemon and orange, sugar and spice, great hits of banana and clove, plus a little vanilla on the side, with an additional, and much appreciated bready/yeasty flavor. Fresh, wide open, and airy.
Mouth-filling texture, very tasty, flavor takes over, floods, and refreshes that entire cavern of the tastebuds. A trifle sour, but still mitigatingly sweet and fruity. Banana flavor continues, and the complex variety of tastes keeping company in the glass makes for very rewarding consumption. Finish is just long enough.
Much lighter, in taste and mouthfeel, as well as color, than the "Original", but in it's own, a hallmark of this approach to the hefe weizen. Certainly the kind of beer American weizen brewers try to emulate.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nice tall wheat style glass, turned on it's head and poured upside-down with much fan fare.

Has a somewhat cloudy body and little head retention. Some white collar lacing is visible, the body color is a simple buttered yellow honey. Orange yeast comes out of bottle to sprinkle on the head making it a nice and noticeable.

Great nose on this beer. Chewy yeast and bread, air like, powdery yeast sensation. No fruit to speak of but that's fine with me. This lingers. Good hints of powdered ginger spice as well. I absolutely love the smell of this brew.

Taste is a bit disappointing though compared to the bouquet. But the taste of ginger powder is on the finish. Upon swallow goes to orange to ginger real neat. Slightly alcohol forward. I wish this had some of the grain/bread that was on the nose, it would have been just almost exceptional tasting I think if it had that.

This is a good solid Hefeweizen that I would have again no problem.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Completely cloudy honey colored body with a huge tall cool whip head. Awesome classic wheatbeer looks.

S - Clove, spices, citrus rinds. Grassy, sweet wheat aromas. Musky plant/grass naunces. Tangy bread dough, yeasty and starchy.

T - Hearty spices like clove and something similar to grains of paradise. Peppery and spiced throughout, with a tangy yeast backdrop. A batch of sweet and chewy wheat along with grassy flavors. A bitterness here with alcohol, spices and whole grains.

M - Robust and chewy with a hearty wheat body. Good carbonation helps hold the brew together and balance. Tingly and partly dry in the aftertaste.

O - A superb wheatbeer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mid sized bottle, has some numbers on the rear label, but not sure what they all mean. Pours cloudy darker apricot, with a slight olive oil like hue. Moderate off white head, and leaves quickly sliding spots and tongues of fine lace. Fruity, wheaty, yeasty nose. Fruity and flavorful. Some honey, very light pepper, ripe fruit. Typical German wheat flavor notes, typically yummy and delicious. Organic to boot. Nice wheat. Go get some and enjoy.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a Wiesen Edel-Weiss glass. Served with sediment (intentionally). Beer is dark yellow / amber and hazy (after the addition of the sediment. Forms a thick off-white head of medium to large bubbles that leaves lacing as it falls away.

Beer smells like wheat and yeast. Not a lot of esters in this beer but its not your typical hefeweizen. There are some light fruit esters upon closer examination. Great smell.

This is one of my favorite hefeweizens available to me in the states. The flavors are a mixture of fruity and yeasty with some wheat character. Good full bodied beer, good palate connectivity, drinkability is really really high. Overall one of my absolute favorites, can't wait to see my rDev on this one. A near perfect hefe.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/22/05- Purchased at Mollie Stones in Burlingame, CA

Presentation- 16.9oz green labeled bottle with a coded fressness date on the back label. Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance-- Pours a nice effervesant yellow color with a foamy and spritzy white head and very light lacing.

Smell- Spicy sweet clove action like a nice hefe should smell like.

Taste- Mosty cloves and various spices, nutmeg? Bananas come through in the finish. Very nice taste indeed.

Mouthfeel- a tad creamy and medium to high carbonation here.

Drinkability- Nice quaffing hefe. I can still taste the after-effects about 30 minutes later. Good refreshing brew.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 500ml bottle for $8 at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA. The waitress gave it the proper, bottle-down-in-the-glass pour and it appeared a hazy amber with a tall white head. In both aroma and taste, this beer started very strong with phenolic bubblegum and then had notes of clove, pepper, and lemon around it. All around very smooth and drinkable, you just need to like bubblegum. Glad I tried it, and it's very well made, but I prefer less bubblegum.

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, orange/gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of clove, banana, yeast, sweet malt, and hint of hops. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a slightly high carbonation level. Tastes of banana, clove, sweet malt, slight yeast, and hint of hops. Overall, the carbonation hurts the drinkability, but otherwise a good beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with lots of yeast floaties. It has a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich wheat malt scent that has a mild banana and clove aroma. The taste is good also. It has a smooth wheat malt flavor with a boat load of banana and clove taste. It goes down easy with a fruity yeast and earthy finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent Weisse beer. It has awesome flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

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Photo of Gavage
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a short one finger head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: banana and yeast are the most prominent tones picked up by the nose.

Taste: wheat, yeast, banana, clove, lemon zest, and a mellow bitterness make up a mild flavored hefe.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a brief aftertaste.

Drinkability: overall a so-so hefe IMHO. Mildly refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've started my research for a class on exposing the truth of organic foods, but by no menas am I going to use this beer as part of my research. I've been very happy with the couple of Schneider & Sohn beers I've had, and organic or not, I have high expectations on this one. On to the beer:

The head is a bust on this one, it's soapy, fizzy, and dissapears in a flash after the pour is complete. As for the body, it's a darker blonde color, partly cloudy, and a rush of carbonation bubbles to the top. Malted wheat, buttered wheat toast, and what appears to be honey and nutmeg are scented through the nose.

I wasn't expecting much in phenolic flavor baed on the appearance, and my hypothesis holds true. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and wheat malt in the taste. This just isn't as wildly interesting as I hoped I would get. For the most part, I feel like I'm drinking Honey Nut Cheerios. As I push farther along, while it doesn't become a bad brew, it becomes a very monotone brew.

This would have been a solid hefe, but it got diagnosed with a mono flavor halfway through the drinking.

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Photo of liamt07
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Schneider Weiss Weizen glass, suitably. Bottle from LCBO, left at my house by some buddies the day after some shenanigans.

Pours a gorgeous golden brown into the glass, with pale and darker golden highlights throughout. Solid 3 fingers of creamy, soapy and dense head. About as good as it gets here for a hefeweisse. Aroma is immediately bananas and bubble gum, with some spice, yeast and alcohol making their way through as well. Taste doesn't exactly follow the aroma, but moreso leads you towards a lighter banana and clove flavour with some more light spicing in the background. Some lemony citrus and bubble gum finish it, with a full body and full mouthfeel. Drinkability is through the roof on this sucker, great for a warm summer day or a hot summer's eve, just like tonight. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a large white head. Aroma is what you would expect from a hefeweizen, with lots of banana, cloves and a bready malts. The taste follows the flavor, heavy on the wheat malt with cloves and banana in there as well. This is heavier on the wheat than a lot of hefeweizens, but it is still very good. A nice take on the style. Very drinkable.

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Photo of stevoj
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another good one form Schneider, but not up to the level of their Taps 5 or 7. High fluffy head, nice cloudy body from the sediment, aroma of banana bread. Substantial weight and slick mouthfeel , very bready taste, short and slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Got this from Boognoosh23 as a sample.

A - Nice hazy yellow orange color; decent head that sticks around for a bit

S - I can sense that this will have a lot of clove in it; not my favorite flavor, but I can deal

T - Wow, clove bomb

M - nice carbonation; not over-done; really like it; clove aftertaste sticks around a bit much for me

O - not my cup of tea; too much clove flavor for me; will not be revisiting this

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hefe is well carbonated, lightly hazy, bright-deep-gold color without the yeast in the glass. The head is off white. Clove dominates the aroma, and there is a hint of banana as well as a bit of grain and a hint of astringency. The taste is fruity, clove-like, spicy, sharp, effervescent, slightly acidic, and a bit sweet. The carbonation is tingly and there is an astringent note in the finish. This is a tasty Hefeweizen. I like the spicy notes that are found here. A very refreshing summer quaffer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

17 oz bottle picked up at the Coop on Thursday for $4.40.. poured into my small weizen glass.

Nice 2 finger head.. doesn't stick around all all that long.. no lacing.. very clear (maybe I should have swirled the bottle) very carbonated golden brew.

Aroma is less than the traditional Schneider hefe.. but still the hefe nose is plenty abundant.. more cloves and than banana... bready pale malts.

Flavor is again a little bit less.. but still very nice.. touches of pink bubblegum mix with the clove and banana bread... faint citrusy hops with touches of lemon zest... Descent body.. with a carbonation that bubbles nicely through the final sip.

I am really starting to enjoy a good German Hefe.. For years I took them for granted.. I've brewed a bunch, but mine are always heavy on the bubblegum spectrum.. I am now much more enjoying the banana esters and the spicy clove notes.. This is a great brew.. and another benchmark on the style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into a large weizen glass.

Appearance: Expectedly cloudy, with a nice foamy froth and plenty of lacing. Deep gold bordering orange in color.

Smell: Hay, noble hop flowers with grassy notes. Yeast driven.

Taste: Dark breads, herbal hopping, and a banana like fruityness. A touch of citrus oil, and even bitterness. Ample flavor, authentic at that.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, clean, very drinkable brew.

Overall: A great beer. The bottle proclaims this was a special original recipe brew for an Oktoberfest, the last year before the brewery was bombed, in WWII. Its a very good thing this recipe surivived.

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Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a four finger white foamy head. There was very good retention and good lacing.

The smell was dominated by the typical hefe banana and spicy clove aroma. There was also a noticable alcohol nose.

The taste was extremely biscuity and wheaty. A very strong clove spice and mild alcohol burn. A green apple element was detected as well.

The mouthfeel was full as far as hefes go. A good chewy yeasty finish.

Overall an unbridled example of the style. May be the most authentic hefe I have sampled.

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Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The carbonation on this thing should be apparent even to the blind; crackles and fizzing give sound to the bubbles' stimulating impatience. Their sight is also quite a spectacle: they slingshot off the bottom with breakneck speed only to launch themselves into a bed of foam the size of a sofa cushion. All this is set to a drowsy backdrop of old gold.

And the aroma, or more specifically the yeast, is every bit as buzzing and sprightly as the bubbles! Like the one kid that hits his growth spurt early, freshly ground clove is head and shoulders above all the other scents. So towering is this clove, in fact, that I can barely make out of the tart apple, alpine herbs or fruity bubblegum esters that supplement it.

There is a lovely green mint element in both the nose and the taste; separating the wheat from the chaff (so to speak) isn't easy and I'm not sure whether it's result of the Cascade hops or the yeast. The citrusy flavour tailgating it leads me to believe it's the former. In any case, the pink grapefruit and pink bubblegum flavours go great together.

Especially when taken in with the notes of banana and vanilla as well. The malt base is light and tactfully sweet, lending just enough creamy graininess to dilute the spicy clove. The Cascades don't amount to any more bitterness than is usual, although they may or may not have something to do with the beer being as refreshing as a moist towelette.

There's enough suds in this that I feel as though I've taken my tongue through the car wash. There's enough body and flavour (bananas, oats) in this I feel as though I've eaten breakfast. There's enough refreshment in this I feel as though I've run through a sprinkler. And in the end, most importantly, I feel as though I've had a good taste of Bavaria.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Thorpe. 500 mL bottle.

Pours a hazy dark golden with a collar of white head that has adequate retention. Aroma of banana and yeast, green apple and pepper and a little smoke. Flavor is soft and smokey with wheat and clove, some pepper in the finish. Medium thick and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Cloudy orange, poor head retention, though, for a hefe, there are lots of floaties and yeasties in the drink, with literal black specs, floating around.

S: Very good, with lots of bananas and cloves, white pepper and black pepper, very yeasty, very estery, with a bit of sweetness to it as well.

T: Typical weizen, with loads of clove and banana esters, though more heavily centered on the banana though, the yeast charcter is definitely there, with just a hint of hops.

M: Smooth, light, spritzy, very refreshing, but just too thin for the style, in my honest opinion.

D: A good hefe, drinkable, just nothing that I'd go out of my way to get.

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Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy tan colored beer, looks less tan and more golden as some of the yeast falls to the bottom of the glass.

Smell is sweet and grainy with lots of Band Aid and clove scents. Could be more complex.

Taste is mild sweetness and strong cloves and medicine flavor. Different flavors in the aftertaste lots of sweet malt and bubble gum flavors linger on the tongue. Tasty but might be a bit strange to someone who isn't a Hefe Weizen fan and doesn’t seek out the exotic wheat beers.

Mouthfeel is good and creamy.

Tasty and off beat Hefe Weizen probably would not be appreciated by a non Hefe Fan. For a wheat beer fan this is a 4.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden with a short white head and no lacing. The smell is slightly sweet. It smells like freshly baked wheat bread and apples, or maybe even banana bread on the finish. There is also a noticeable aroma of alcohol. The taste is similar, but not hot with alcohol. The overall impression is that of sweetened wheat with a little sour grain on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin, and the drinkability is hurt by the overall sweetness.

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Schneider Weisse Tap 4 Weisen Edel-Weisse from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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